Looking for seed investments for your open source tech startup?

14 May 2019
Innovation for children

Financial and technological support from UNICEF’s Venture Fund is available for companies that can show a strong founding team and a clear path to improving the lives of children.

If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype (hardware, software or content) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.

We invest in solutions that can impact the lives of the most vulnerable children. We find these solutions clustered around $100billion industries in frontier technology spaces, such as: block- chain, UAVs, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, machine learning, quantum computing, genetic engineering, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, nano-satellites and human dynamics.

You might need a small amount of money to get your prototype to the stage where the company has proof that the solution works for other people. Maybe another developer or two are needed, design help to communicate what the project can do or some server space. Refactoring something into a new language because the initial one won’t scale. Testing it in a new area. Getting some data points.

The UNICEF Innovation Fund can help with these kinds of investments up to $90,000 to support the acceleration of your company’s work.

How do I apply?

Go to

Click on ‘Submit’ and then ‘Submissions by Start-ups’.

This site has more detailed information about the process and also the link to the submission form.


Media contacts

Bahareh Yeganehfar
Communication Officer
Tel: 02122594994


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